AMERICAN TAPIRS Central America, and in the Malay Peninsula and the islai Java and Sumatra, This animal is in many respects the ancient of existing forms referable to the Perissodactyle It has four toes on the front-feet, though, only three on the feet. The number of teeth is 42---nearly the typical Et ian number. The Tapirs are always moderately-sized an entirely covered -with hair, and usually of a brownish - colour. The Malayan Tapir is, however, banded broadly -white---a single band; the young of the Tapir is spotted striped with white. The nose and upper lip conjoined are Fia. 128.American Tapir. Tapirus t&rr&stris. x^. duced into a short trunk, precisely comparable with that < Elephant. As in the Rhinoceros---and in this both contras the other existing Perissodactyle genus JSgwus---the tempora is not separated from the orbit by bone. Of existing there are at any rate T. te-rvestris?- T. voulini (the ** Tapir " ague " of Cuvier), T. dowi and T. 'bairdi in America (tb two being sometimes separated into a distinct genus, M gfLCLfhiuSt on account of the prolongation of the ossified meseth and T. indicus in the East. The tapir, probably T, terres described by IBuffbn as " a dull and gloomy animal." certainly mainly nocturnajj. in habit. The name terrestr given by Linnaeus, who placed it in the same genus as - 1 37, t&ucogenifs and 37. ecuadorensis are probably not distinct, tne latt< in reality 2*. terrestris, the former T.